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Shielding scheme may end in July - how do you feel?

Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,596 Scope online community team
Ministers hope to drop the shielding programme for the most vulnerable people at the end of next month, as levels of the virus in circulation fall. Some 2.2 million people with pre-existing health conditions that make them particularly susceptible to Covid-19 were sent letters in late March or early April telling them they should not leave their homes for at least 12 weeks. Whitehall sources said last night that lifting the restrictions was “under active consideration”, with a decision expected in the coming weeks. When the shielding programme began, those involved were told not to leave their home or garden, including for exercise, shopping or to go to work. The group includes people with certain types of cancer, conditions that lower immunity and recipients of donor organs.  

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July doesn't seem too far away at this point, but how do you feel about the possible end of the shielding programme? Are you ready to go back outside? Do you feel safe to do so? Do you feel it's too early or can it not come soon enough?
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  • yingtong
    yingtong Member Posts: 37 Pioneering
    I’ve got to think about this there are to mu ch conflict between the experts!
  • woodbine
    woodbine Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,516 Disability Gamechanger
    Initially the shielding programme was for 12 weeks, surely those 12 weeks must be almost up? the sooner we all get back to normal the better for our sanity and economy.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • Ronni
    Ronni Member Posts: 161 Pioneering
    I ready to go some places. But The pessimist in me says.. not going to be possible for a long time.

    Because they havent thought to give us back our support services first.

    In my area the local link and ring a ride or taxis will not take wheel chairs.

    I couldn't queue for hours or shop on my own either.

    They didn't  plan going back to schools well. They not planned this well either.

    There will come a point when it's not the virus keeping us in.  
    It will be lack of support services .increased barriers. Accessibility issues.
    We still going to be Even more socially excluded then ever before.
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,555 Disability Gamechanger
    At the moment I still wouldn't be comfortable with using public transport.